Barcelona deny Gerardo Martino exit reports

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Barcelona have moved to deny reports that manager Gerardo Martino will be sacked in the summer.

The Argentinian only landed the job last summer, taking over from Tito Vilanova, but a string of poor performances have put him under pressure.

Barcelona have won just five of their last ten La Liga fixtures to leave them four points off the pace in the title race which is currently being led by rivals Real Madrid.

Although they secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with victory over Manchester City, reports have suggested that Martino could be relieved of his duties at the end of the season.

It has been suggested in Spain that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is on Barcelona's managerial hit-list along with Brazil boss Felipe Scolari and Ajax manager Frank de Boer.

However Manel Arroyo, vice-president in charge of Barcelona's media and communications, has moved to rubbish the speculation that Martino may leave in the summer.

"We have no record of this," Arroyo said after a meeting of the board of directors. "Tata has a contract with the club and is dedicated this week to what's important.

"The question over his future is a recurring one but it is not a topic for today. It's not something we have on the table. We can see he is focused on the sporting concerns of the first team, that is what he's concerned with."

In more positive news for Barcelona, Lionel Messi became the club's all-time leading goalscorer at the age of 26 with his hat-trick against Osasuna.

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